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[OPINION] Confederate Statues Are Being Torn Down. What’s Next?

OPINION (FNN NEWS) – What’s next … will we need to change our currency images? 

Will streets and roads throughout the land need to be renamed? 

What about the names and slogans for some schools and hospitals? 

Will bibles and American flags be burned in the streets as a freedom?

Jefferson Davis Highway sign. Photo: Washington Post.

Photo: Washington Post.

Will we now look into the biographies and resumes of other history makers and find some position or philosophy they held and remove their statues too? You know, pedophilia, bigamy and incest are not isolated to today’s culture. My guess is even if evil is learned regarding some history makers, it will be ignored by extremist and certainly the mainstream media.

It was in fact Martin Luther King Jr, when writing a column in the late ’50s, who advised a young boy about his thoughts on “liking boys the way he should like girls,” who shared his bigotry and prejudice disguised as advice. King wrote:

“Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit.”

 

Clearly a change agent and history-making civil rights leader thought being gay was a mental disorder. And with all due respect to this legend, being gay is certainly not a “habit!” If it were, like any habit created or unlearned over time, many gay people would lose the “habit!”

Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Should King’s statues come down? Roads be renamed? Is King no less a hero because he denounced homosexuality? In fact, there have been many in the LGBTQ community aligning with the remove-statues-at-all-cost movement. I doubt many gay people even know the uniformed side of this historic figure. As an openly gay conservative, I choose to remember King’s tireless work for civil rights over his ignorance regarding being gay.

Why are we sanitizing history versus using it as a teaching tool for generations to come? What will the history books used in institutions of learning look like in the future if this approach continues? Sharia is already visible in some U.S. text books. Is it already too late?

Why is there a desire to sanitize statues of learning and history? I’ll tell you why: we’re spoiled in our freedoms and riches being an American provides, forgetting that the actions and representations of evil are also part of how our great nation developed.

The Americans I engage with are not going to sit back and just keep accepting the abuse of the First Amendment in the veil of political correctness. Don’t forget, he’s one president, but he has 63 million soldiers.

Racism and prejudice are alive and well in our country. Social media highlights it. But don’t be fooled, it’s not our president who is responsible for our current unease. No, it’s each and every family that failed to teach their children that all lives matter. Families that teach their children to not respect our police versus holding those men and women in high regard. Families that teach their children that tearing down a statue has no consequences.
Changing the hate in our culture starts at each and every dinner table in this country no matter your gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion or race. Hate is learned at home, in our streets and in the media, not by walking through a park by a historic statue of a figure most will never take the time to learn about anyway.

To the politicians thinking their statements denouncing the sad events this past week are any more powerful than the words of our President, you’re wrong. I believe those figures are opportunists to yet again attack our president out of convenience versus sincerity. Otherwise, those words and statements would be inherent in their political platforms and work, not after another senseless killing or tragedy.

“Make America Great Again”? It’s not just a slogan… it’s our only option.

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Randy Ross is a political contributor for Florida National News.

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